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Amjad raises key human rights issues with UN

The plight of victims of political oppression in Kashmir and Myanmar has been raised at high level talks by campaigning MEP Amjad Bashir. Mr Bashir raised the twin cases of abuse during the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber was speaking as part of a delegation from …

Amjad Bashir MEP speaks on air pollution

Air pollution breaches show Leeds is not alone in facing challenges

The European Commission has sent a final warning to five EU countries, including the UK, regarding persistent breaches of nitrogen dioxide in 16 air quality zones. Commissioners raised concerns over high levels of air pollution in cities including Leeds, London, Birmingham, and Glasgow. Yorkshire Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir said: “Pollution comes from economic success. That is why five major European economies are all …

Amjad Bashir MEP at the EP

Amjad challenges Indian Ambassador over Kashmir

Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir issued an impassioned challenge last night to India’s Ambassador to the EU over human rights in Kashmir during a debate in the European Parliament. Mr Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, told Manjeev Singh Puri he hugely admired India for claiming her place on the world stage, but warned that her treatment of the native …

Portrait of MEP Amjad Bashir in the EP in Strasbourg

Court ruling will change little – let’s get on with Brexit

Now the legal challenge Article 50 is settled, all concerned must make sure the UK keeps its Brexit timetable and starts negotiating this spring. That was the verdict of Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir following today’s Supreme Court ruling upholding a decision that only parliament can invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin the two-year Brexit process. Mr Bashir, MEP for Yorkshire …

Amjad Bashir MEP at the EP

Rogers wrong man to negotiate for us

Local MEP Amjad Bashir has welcomed news that Sir Ivan Rogers is resigning as the UK’s ambassador to the EU. Mr Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber, said: “Sir Ivan has a long and distinguished career as a diplomat and senior civil servant, but I always felt he was a little too much in tune with the philosophy …

The Drax power station in Selby. Amjad Bashir MEP discusses Drax.

Drax biomass go-ahead welcomed by Amjad

Today’s decision by the European Commission to approve support for the conversion of a unit at Drax Power Station in Yorkshire from coal to biomass has been welcomed by the local Conservative MEP. In January the EC launched a state aid investigation into UK Government plans to support the conversion with a subsidy for every megawatt-hour of biomass energy the …

Amjad Bashir with volunteers in Greece.

Amjad rolls up his sleeves for Athens aids effort

Yorkshire MEP Amjad Bashir has joined a charity expedition to aid people left homeless and hungry by the crash of the Greek economy. He arrived in Athens yesterday (Wedesday) with more than 30 volunteers from the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe (ACRE) under the banner of its social action initiative Project Maja. The financial crisis which started nearly 10 …

Amajd hosts high-level events in Brussels to showcase Yorkshire’s universities

Yorkshire and the Humber MEP Amjad Bashir has today hosted a set of high level events in Brussels showcasing the achievements of Leeds, Sheffield and York Universities. The Conservative MEP, who campaigned for a Leave vote in the EU referendum, has been working closely with the White Rose University Consortium to promote their activities abroad and at home. The seminar …

Amjad: Brexit “negotiatior” announcement must be challenged

An attempt to declare Belgian federalist Guy Verhofstadt as the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator should be challenged and put to all 751 MEPs, a Yorkshire and Humber MEP said today. Conservative MEP Amjad Bashir spoke out after the parliament’s President Martin Schulz today tried to appoint the leader of the fourth largest group in the parliament as the institution’s sole …

The Drax power station in Selby. Amjad Bashir MEP discusses Drax.

Amjad: Drax report shows need for regulatory certainty

Yorkshire MEP Amjad Bashir today welcomed a new report highlighting the economic importance of the Drax power complex to the regional and national economies. The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber is a keen supporter of the company’s plans to convert the plant from coal-burning to sustainable biomass and has criticised an investigation launched by the EU over compliance with …